UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2016
We're prone to moaning about a tacky hen do as much as an expensive one, so if you’ve been given the grand or gruelling task of organising a big event, avoid both and follow our few tips on how to do it in style. From sunset yoga sessions with candlelit dinners to macaron making and manicures, steer clear of satin sashes and give the bride-to-be a totally unique pre-wedding party she’ll never forget...
Duck & Dry
For a pampering session with all the trimmings, head to Duck and Dry’s chic blow dry bar for drinks on tap, tasty nibbles and a bouffant blow-dry that even Patsy Stone would be envious of. Whether you want a blow-dry breakfast, ladies luncheon or bachelorette blow-out, visit in a group or hire out the whole venue for the ultimate in indulgent beauty sessions.
Grand Night in at Zetter Town House
Add a touch of glamour to your girly getaway with a night in at the super stylish Zetter Townhouse. Their Grand Night In is perfect for smaller hen groups, sleeping up to six in their opulent Grand Suite. The package includes a night in the hotel, two hours of massages, classic films including Bridesmaids, Clueless and Dirty Dancing, eye masks, cocktails and a breakfast in the morning – to help with the inevitable hangovers.
Drink Shop & Do
This eclectic all-day café and designer store serves everything from afternoon tea (with vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options available) to towering cocktail jugs to fill dainty vintage glasses. Drink Shop & Do is a crafter’s paradise, where creative types can rustle up handmade garters, embroidered knickers, origami wedding bouquets and flower headbands. Brides-to-be will receive a rosette, balloons, heart bubbles, table confetti and photo booth-style moustaches – for selfies, of course.
40 Winks Bedtime Story Nights
Deliciously decadent, 40 Winks offers a pyjama party like no other. An enchanting boutique hotel with an award-winning Bedtime Story Night, this choice combines captivating storytelling with elegant cocktails and canapés. A totally unique experience, professional storytellers, actors and musicians will keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning.
The Art of Dining
Transforming the most weird and wonderful venues into dazzling dining hotspots, supper club extraordinaires, The Art of Dining, are a dab hand at creating the most inventive of themed dinner soirees. From retro-inspired cocktails at Abigail’s Party to elaborate Game of Thrones-themed banquets, whatever your party theme, the talented dining duo offer tailor-made menus in the most unique, and theatrical of settings. Perfect for a foodie bride-to-be.
Girls' Getaways at Barsham Barns
Nestled in the stunning Norfolk countryside, Barsham Barns is the ultimate in relaxing rural retreats. Their Girls' Getaway weekend package includes a four-hour "Style Me Gorgeous" pamper session with personal stylist Claire Bunton, a two-hour wine tasting course with local sommelier and wine tutor Tanja Wright of TFW Fine Wines, and a bountiful welcome hamper brimming with goodies. Groups must bring a minimum of 10 guests, so gather your nearest and dearest and head out to the countryside for a hen do with a difference.
For a do with health benefits, there’s nothing more uplifting than getting the girls together for a fun-filled yoga session. Secret Yoga Club put on magical hen parties with relaxing music and three-course candle-lit feasts, accompanied by a range of additional activities including life drawing, massages, tarot cards, flower arranging and more.
Cocktail Making Masterclass
Let’s face it, every hen party should feature free-flowing cocktails and tasty tipples, so why not add touch of fun to the mix with a cocktail making masterclass? Whether you want to mix and muddle at home or in a venue of your choice, Shoreditch-based mixology experts can cater to your every whim. A great way to get the group to interact, you’ll have two hours to create and guzzle as many cocktails as you can manage – well, four in total, but you can always hit the bar afterwards
There’s nothing better than a cheeky manicure just before the big day. Take the whole hen party to enjoy a relaxing pamper session at the Cheeky Parlour, with a few bubbles thrown in for added girly fun. If you’re really feeling the vibe, treat yourself to a pedi and blow-dry, too.
Kate and Tom’s
Planning a weekend away for the lucky hen? Look no further than Kate & Tom's, who specialise in organising unique getaways all across the UK. With an array of extravagant party houses available to rent ranging from castles to luxury barns, whisk the bride away for a weekend of hot tubs, home cinemas and a splash in the pool. Whether it’s relaxing in the countryside or hitting the town, fill your time with Kate and Tom’s endless list of fun activities – think sky-driving, high rope walking, surfing and more – to give the bride an unforgettable send off.
Slice Urban Fitness Alternative Hen Do
For the more health conscious hens, Slice Urban Fitness host a cheerleading-filled, ‘80s aerobics-inspired, belly-dancing workshop. Sounds fun, right? Learn dazzling dance moves and work up a sweat before putting your newly acquired skills to good use on the dance floor.
Wild Luxury takes glamping to a whole new level, offering luxury camping with all the creature comforts in stunning coastal locations. This family-owned Norfolk-based business has won awards for its luxury VIP safari lodges, which are stylish, spacious, and fully-equipped for a weekend camping in the wild. Rest assured, Wild Luxury is more power showers and double duvets than portaloos and roll mats.
You’ll be hard pushed to find someone who doesn’t like macarons or Martinis. So OhLaLa Macarons have created the perfect party mix, where you can master the art of making dainty meringue macarons, then jump behind the bar to rustle up some of your favourite cocktails. Or you can design your own if that floats your boat. Cakes and cocktails. Who could resist?
Indulgence at Como Metropolitan London
Celebrate your hen night in luxury with Como’s pampering hen packages. There are three extravagant packages to choose from that include everything from cocktail masterclasses and dinner at Nobu, to in-suite massages and bottles of the finest Champagne. Guaranteed to raise some smiles.